New name, same trusted service
February 12, 2016 – SourceGas is now Black Hills Energy, as Black Hills today announced its successful acquisition of SourceGas, the natural gas utility serving 429,000 customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.
“Black Hills Energy is excited to serve our new customers with safe, reliable energy and to maintain strong local ties that benefit the communities where we live and work,” said Shirley Welte, the new vice president of operations for Black Hills Energy’s Wyoming natural gas and electric utility operations. Welte replaces Mark Stege, who was promoted to vice president of customer service for Black Hills Corp., based in Rapid City, SD.
“We look forward to putting our company’s 130-year history of utility expertise and exceptional performance levels to good use for the more than 123,000 natural gas and electric customers we now serve in Wyoming,” said Welte, who is based in Cheyenne and has been with Black Hills Energy since 2012. She was previously a general manager for a Midwest-based utility.
The former SourceGas will immediately begin operating under the Black Hills Energy name. Customers should continue to use SourceGas contacts and locations for bill payment, service questions and emergencies. The customer service and emergencies number remains 800-563-0012.
Beginning in March, SourceGas customers will start to see the Black Hills Energy logo alongside the SourceGas logo on their bills and the new customer website, www.SourceGasIsBlackHills.com, while the companies integrate employees and customer service systems. The Black Hills Energy logo will replace the SourceGas logo on buildings, company vehicles, employee uniforms and more.
Black Hills Energy will use television, radio, print, electronic media, bill inserts, newsletters, advertisements and more to keep customers informed. For more information, customers can visit www.SourceGasIsBlackHills.com.
“We look forward to delivering efficient energy services to meet the region’s current and future energy needs,” Welte said. “We’re committed to living our mission of improving life with energy. Our strong local partnerships benefit the communities we serve through economic development initiatives, charitable contributions, sponsorships and employee participation.”
Black Hills Energy now serves more than 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers in nearly 800 communities in eight Rocky Mountain and Midcontinent states, including its newest market, Arkansas. The company announced in July 2015 that it was the successful bidder to purchase SourceGas from investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners and GE Unit (NYSE:GE) GE Energy Financial Services. The purchase was approved by the Wyoming Public Service Commission and the utility commissions in Arkansas, Colorado and Nebraska. “Their approval allows us to make this transition as smooth as possible for our new customers and employees,” Welte said.